Busy week ahead for the BTCC
Build-up to the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will be cranked up several notches this week with a series of announcements, driver signings and car unveils taking place.
The BTCC will enjoy its largest ever presence at Autosport International in Birmingham with the Dunlop stand (No.6440) set to be a hive of activity throughout the four days of running (14-17 January).
A leading Independent squad will confirm a driver on Wednesday morning, which you’ll be able to read about in Motorsport News and of course right here on btcc.net, whilst the main bulk of our action takes place at the NEC in Birmingham.
One particular driver announcement will be confirmed in Autosport Magazine on Thursday morning before the car is launched at the show later that morning. In total the Dunlop BTCC stand will boast five car unveilings on Thursday from WIX Racing, West Surrey Racing, Simpson Racing, Eurotech and Handy Motorsport, with the latter also confirming its race-winning driver for the upcoming campaign.
“Everyone has been working so hard behind the scenes to get our 2016 plans to the position they’re at now – this week is when we can finally go public,” commented Handy Team Principal Simon Belcher. “It really is an incredibly exciting time for Handy Motorsport, we’ve enjoyed two fantastic years in the BTCC and now we’ve gained a foothold the time is right to turn things up a notch.
“We’re very excited to be competing with a newly built car this year, but the biggest development is bringing in a proven winner to lead our challenge. We’re confident, when the unveiling takes place, there will be a lot of happy faces among our fantastic fans, and fans of the BTCC in general.”
Andrew Jordan’s Pirtek Racing Ford will make its public debut plus there will be a host of interviews and driver signings on the Dunlop BTCC stand, whilst both AmD and Speedworks will unveil their respective 2016 challengers on separate stands at the Birmingham show.
Selected BTCC drivers will be interviewed on the main Autosport Stage, where Gordon Shedden’s 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship winning Honda Civic Type R will also feature.